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  Chandos -
  CHSA 5086
  Holst: Orchestral Works Vol. 2 - Andrew Davis
  Holst: The Planets Op. 32, Japanese Suite Op. 39, Beni Mora Op. 29 No. 1

Manchester Chamber Choir
BBC Philharmonic
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Site review by Castor January 28, 2011
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Review by Jonalogic February 6, 2011 (11 of 15 found this review helpful)
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Spot-on, the SACD recording of the Planets we have been waiting for. I won't be parting with my beloved MoFi of the Susskind recording, but this one, too, is extraordinary - and at a tenth the price of that rarity.

One thing I should say immediately. This is one of those recordings that HAS to be played damn loud. I raised my preamp volume by 6 dB (OK, two notches, guys...). then the sound snapped into place - and so did the performance.

You are then rewarded by palpably state-of-the-art DSD sound, smooth, airy, transparent, timbrally accurate, well-staged and with fearsome dynamic range. This Chandos is not like the older, more-distanced breed that you expect from this label; but it definitely rocks. I really can't find much to criticise about the sound - unusual for me.

On first hearing, I thought the performance was good but not great - four stars. When I upped the volume, however, the extra all-round impact made it much more like 4.5. For including fine readings of the neglected Beni-Mora and Japanese suites, however, I am inclined to go the whole hog and plump for five stars.

So, outstanding AND cheap. Seriously, what more do you want?

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Review by analogue May 6, 2011 (9 of 14 found this review helpful)
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Hmmmmmm. First Channel Classics found ways to make their recordings sound better and now it seems that Chandos has achieved the same thing.

I noticed this difference with the most recent Wagner sacd Chandos released. It was fantastic to say the least. And now with the second in the series of shines very well.

I will not go into a very detailed description of the various pieces of music on this album. I will only say that most of us are familiar with Holst through his planet compositions. This sacd features other suites of music that should definitely be given a chance as they are excellent. From start to finish.........whether you know the individual pieces or not.....this disc is a great listen.

As for the Planets my opinion it sounds better than the Mobile Fidelity sacd that is rather costly now a days. The performance may or may not be the same given your preference but not the sound quality. I find this particular dsd recording better than the analogue tape transfer from Mofi.

As there is no compression with this sacd volume must be turned up rather loud. But be forewarned........the sound can be a little explosive so be judicious in your volume setting. After a listen or two you will get the volume set correctly.
Perhaps headphone listening might be your choice if the volume thing concerns you.

The sound on this disc is warmer than one usually hears on a Chandos disc.

The recording of this album is where it shines however. Much improved. There are textures, soundstage and a very solid mid-range.

Congrats to Chandos for caring.

Highly recommended.

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Works: 3  

Gustav Holst - Beni Mora, Op. 29/1
Gustav Holst - Japanese Suite, Op. 33
Gustav Holst - The Planets